The Cantinas of Summer: Poetry by Alan Britt




The bandoneon transports me
to your lips
relaxed as they are
like orchids
on a late summer trellis.

Orchids climbing the trellis
of your throat.

Orchids like verbs
with existence.

like lovers
from the grave,
as lovers
often appear
from graves.


Impossible to resist
in their splendor
of Spanish moss
with night herons
perched on giant oak shoulders
circling the moon’s silver waist.

Oak moon.

My moon,
tumbled dry
so many times
that wisdom
from young poets
who occasionally slip
from their conscious minds.

A caballero strikes a match
in a Juarez cantina;
older women
young girls flock like minnows
beneath a swollen crust of bread
floating on a Florida canal.


— by Alan Britt






Alan Britt’s recent books are Hurricane (2010), Vegetable Love (2009), Vermilion (2006), Infinite Days (2003), Amnesia Tango (1998) and Bodies of Lightning (1995). Britt’s work also appears in the new anthologies, American Poets Against the War, Metropolitan Arts Press, 2009 and Vapor transatlántico (Transatlantic Steamer), a bi-lingual anthology of Latin American and North American poets, Hofstra University Press/Fondo de Cultura Económica de Mexico/Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos de Peru, 2008.


Politically speaking Alan has started the Commonsense Party, which ironically to some sounds radical. He believes the US should stop invading other countries to relieve them of their natural resources including tin, copper, bananas, diamonds and oil. He is quite fond of animals both wild and domestic and supports prosecuting animal abusers to the fullest extent of the law and then some. As a member of PETA, he is disgusted by factory farming and decorative fur. Alan currently teaches English/Creative Writing at Towson University and lives in Reisterstown, Maryland with his wife, daughter, two Bouviers des Flandres, one Bichon Frise and two formerly feral cats.

Copyright © 2010 by Alan Britt. All Rights Reserved.



The Cantinas of Summer: Poetry by Alan Britt
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